Ben Ali S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 9f ,)

BROKEN VOW (B h, 116 lb) $66,216
Unbridled —Wedding Vow , by Nijinsky II
B—Pin Oak Stud, LLC, KY.; O—Pin Oak Stable; T—H. Graham Motion

Perfect Cat (B h, 116 lb) $21,360
Tabasco Cat —Perfect Probe , by Mr. Prospector
B—Edward P. Evans, KY.; O—Edward P. Evans; T—Mark A. Hennig

Jadada (DK B/ h, 116 lb) $10,680
Jade Hunter —Carita Tostada (CHI) , by Gallantsky
B—Andrena Van Doren, KY.; O—Sterling Stud; T—Mitch Shirota

Margins: 4¾, 3, nose. Others: Ecton Park 116($5,340) , A Fleets Dancer 116($3,204) . Winning Jockey, Edgar S. Prado.

Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion reminded Keeneland bettors he doesn’t travel without a good reason. Heading into the April 27 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) Motion had started only two other horses at the Lexington track this season, both in added-money events on April 21. Confessional won the Stravinsky Stakes that day as the 1-2 favorite. Two races later, Bay Eagle finished third in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) as one of three horses that went off with odds in the double digits.

Only five horses went postward in the Ben Ali, headed by Broken Vow at 1-2. The son of Unbridled had the lead after a quarter-mile in :23.92, kept a half-length advantage over grade I winner Ecton Park through the next four furlongs, then extended his lead to 21/2 lengths then to 43/4 lengths as Perfect Cat came on for the place spot. The winner paid $3 and $2.40. The short field resulted in win and place wagering only.

Both Broken Vow and Confessional are homebreds racing for Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stable. Motion has about 20 horses in training for the operation, which is based near Versailles, Ky. Abercrombie’s association with Broken Vow’s female family is now 35 years old. Abercrombie purchased Take a Stand, the fourth dam of Broken Vow, for $35,000 at the 1967 Keeneland July yearling sale. She had been consigned by her breeders, Dr. and Mrs. G.G. Meredith of Merry Acres Farm.

Her great-granddaughter, Wedding Vow, is the dam of Broken Vow. The mare raced in England and the U.S. for Pin Oak, but with limited success. She won only once in six starts. However her first foal, Threshold, is a multiple stakes winner. Threshold is still in training for T. Star Porter with Dennis Ebert in Florida.

Wedding Vow’s 3-year-old filly, Cross Your Heart, also is in training with Motion. She broke her maiden in her most recent start, an April 8 maiden event at Delaware Park.

Among the descendants of Take a Stand residing at Pin Oak are Peaks and Valleys, a stallion produced from a half-sister to Wedding Picture (second dam of Broken Vow), plus broodmares Wedded Bliss, Wedding Vow, and With This Ring. Ever After, a daughter of Wedded Bliss, won last year’s Edgewood Stakes for Pin Oak and is still in training.

Wedding Vow’s latest foal, a filly by Coronado’s Quest, is at Pin Oak with her dam. The mare’s 2-year-old colt by Affirmed, Indivisible, is in training in South Carolina and should join Motion later in May. Wedding Vow is in foal to Seeking the Gold.

Unbridled is the sire of Broken Vow and 20 other added-money winners. The syndicated stallion stands at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., for a fee valued at $200,000 on the open market.—K.J.I.